Clash, The - The Card Cheat Lyrics




There's a solitary man crying, "Hold me."
It's only because he's a-lonely
If the keeper of time runs slowly
He won't be alive for long!

If he only had time to tell of all of the things he planned
With a card up his sleeve, what would he achieve?
It means nothing!

To the opium den and the barroom gin
In the Belmont chair playing violins
The gambler's face cracks into a grin
As he lays down the king of spades

But the dealer just stares
There's something wrong here, he thinks
The gambler is seized and forced to his knees
And shot dead

He only wanted more time
Away from the darkest door
But his luck it gave in
As the dawn light crept in
And he lay on the floor

From the Hundred Year War to the Crimea
With a lance and a musket and a Roman spear
To all of the men who have stood with no fear
In the service of the King

Before you met your fate be sure you
Did not forsake your lover
May not be around anymore





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Clash, The The Card Cheat Comments
  1. Kerry Lewis

    Their lyrics are amazing

  2. Stephen Coomer

    [Chorus]
    There's a solitary man cryin', "Hold me"
    It's only because he's a'lonely
    And if the keeper of time runs slowly
    He won't be alive for long!

    If he only had time to tell of all of the things he planned
    With a card up his sleeve, what would he achieve?
    It means nothin'

    To the opium dens and the barroom gin
    In the Belmont chair playing violin
    The gambler's face cracks into a grin
    As he lays down the king of spades

    But the dealer just stares
    "There's something wrong here", he thinks
    The gambler is seized and forced to his knees
    And shot dead

    He only wanted more time
    Away from the darkest door
    But his luck it gave in
    As the dawn light crept in
    And he lay on the floor


    From the Hundred Year War to the Crimea
    With a lance and a musket and a Roman spear
    To all of the men who have stood with no fear
    In the service of the King

    Before you met your fate be sure you
    Did not forsake
    Your lover
    May not be around anymore

    (Repeat 1st verse)

  3. Guitar Journey

    I'm 42 and 'discovered' the Clash last year. Only knew a couple of hits, but never paid attention to their discography. And now: stole the musical room in my heart. With a big kaboom they entered. Every decade has it's gems. That's why I love music and want to be open to all kinds of music, despite the age or style. London Calling is now an important piece in my album collection. Very versatile album.

  4. joey manson

    The epitome.of deep cut. Classic AF.

  5. Marccckkkck

    This could honestly be the most underrated song of all time

  6. mexicanblondplayer

    Bruce Springsteen vibes

  7. Mike ace

    That why they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the Brilliance of songwriting not just Punk but different styles love it they are our worlds band.

  8. Puneet Tanwar

    A little bit of Springsteen in this song?

    mexicanblondplayer

    But with the english touch 👌

  9. Shashwat Srivastava

    As far as musicianship is concerned the clash are miles ahead of sex pistols. They didn't only know how to play unlike the pistols they were brilliant at that.

    shrimpflea

    The Sex Pistols were a manufactured band. A joke compared to The Clash.

  10. Mark Obrien

    Maybe the best lyrics ever written

  11. My favorite clash song

  12. Bill Hay

    Excellent song. Personally i think it would fit better on Sandinista.

    shrimpflea

    I can see that..only about a year apart..lots of similar ideas.

  13. PhaemonsDog

    Anyone else got this pegged for their funeral?

    marie brownlow

    Death or glory for me m8!!

    let's have a brew

    @marie brownlow nice one like it

  14. 食べたいカモ鍋

    これがチェインギャング の元ネタか。

  15. W Azirudi Shah

    The only band that matters!

  16. LastTrainToClarkson

    There's a solitary man crying "hold me"
    It's only because he's a-lonely
    If the keeper of time runs slowly
    He won't be alive for long!

  17. Pervis

    This fucking song is fantastic

  18. GrantLee _

    Off of London calling:
    1. The card cheat
    2. Clampdown
    3. Death or Glory
    4. London Calling
    5.Train in Vain
    6. Lovers rock

    Kitt Spiken

    Hard to make a bad list off of London Calling, mine needs to Include Lost in the Supermarket and Guns of Brixton.

    Five Hour Energy

    What about Spanish bombs

    Len66en

    London Calling stays at the first spot imho, Can pump my body with energy anytime.

    Butthead

    Jimmy jazz is also cool

    Amalia ichilov

    What about hateful

  19. Sebastian Allende

    Gigantes!!

  20. RYAN COKE

    Jesus Christ, the audio in the other upload of this song sucks.

  21. Fade Out

    one of their most underrated songs

  22. nahilsolange

    That piano blows my mind <3

  23. Diego Guerrero

    El piano es asombroso